Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Candy Corn in Space

During some of his "downtime" on board the International Space Station, astronaut Don Pettit did little experiments here and there for the hell of it. One would think that spending most waking hours keeping a space station running and squeezing in a little scheduled science would be enough, but this guy just didn't quit.

One experiment was an interesting large-scale demonstration of how soaps and surfactants work. He took a blog of water and inserted candy corn into it. The fat end he first coated with oil - so that it would not sink all the way in. See the results below:

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